The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) at the W. Bruce Thomas Education Center in Sharpsburg is a special education school program designed to meet the individual needs of children and adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder who require therapeutic intervention and supports that cannot be delivered in a traditional setting.  We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, flexible and supportive environment so that each student can experience success in learning.  The WISCA online curriculum is supported for each student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Students enroll in classes according to their grade level, cognitive level and graduation requirements.  Electives can be chosen based on individual interests.  Therapeutic training that provides instruction and practice in pragmatic language, social, organizational and life skills are integrated into the daily schedule.  Community based instruction and service projects are scheduled to program for the generalization of skills taught in the therapy and social groups and to prepare students for transition to post-secondary opportunities.


WISCA 2016-2017 Calendar

WISCA 2017-2018 Calendar

For more information and to refer a student to WISCA call 412-749-2805 or 866-893-4751 x2805.



200 Linden Avenue

Sharpsburg, PA 15215